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Demo farm planned

Cows wait to be milked at Limestone Downs’ dairy farm. A $26.5 million dairy and research hub is being planned for Southland.

Fruit fly restrictions lifted

Queensland fruit fly There have been no further fruit fly discoveries in the Whangarei area.

Warning on pollen test

Bees A British food scientist says NZ may be taking a wrong step in the battle against fake manuka honey makers.

First time sale

bendrose station Bendrose Station, a large pastoral property near Twizel is for sale for the first time in its 94-year history.

Wool prices firm

wool bales Prices firmed by up to 3 per cent at last week's South Island wool sale.

Opinion poll

Do you think New Zealand should open the door to genetic modification in agriculture?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: GM in NZ on farming leaders' agenda

Barns could be the answer

Dairy herd home A move to partly dairy farming indoors seen as a way towards doubling exports by 2025 and maintaining or improving our water quality.

Over-population central to debate

Let's try and look at a few issues around climate change. When you really get down to it, it's about population.

Wider focus key for meat industry

No clarity in call

Moths, beetles rid farm of ragwort

A ragwort plume moth. Once covered in ragwort, a Manawatu farm is now almost free of the stock-threatening weed thanks to the introduction of moths and beetles.

Farming inquiry call

Independent inquiry sought into direction of agriculture as farming's effects on water quality had become "too politicised".

More feed than cows to eat it

Cheaper milk on the way

Couple milk house colour scheme

Fonterra gets some free advertising after a home owner unknowingly paints house in its colours.

Fodder beet a likely option

Fodder beet Fodder beet could significantly boost beef returns and provide a profitable alternative to dairy grazing.

Brand wins, environment wins

Taupo couple win environmental farming award in combining a desire for sustainable land use with a successful business model.

Brooksdale calves top sales

Dam halts farmer's plans

Big plans for farm

The new owners of Taranaki's landmark Onetai Station want to realise its potential as a beef and sheep farm.

Clinton lambs rate well

Southland Times photo A Clinton sheep farming family are producing some of the best lambs in the country.

Growing market for D2S wool sales

Wool growers have rallied behind Wools of New Zealand ‘s Direct-to-Scour spot market sales option.

Good standard of wool for sale

Eyes on the dog trialling prize

Wool prices firm

Prices firmed by up to 3 per cent at last week's South Island wool sale.

T&G buys Apollo Apples for $36m

Apples Horticulture marketer and distributor buys Hawke's Bay apple producer to feed growing export markets.

Vintner tries luck with pinot

A French winemaker from famous Champagne house Veuve Clicquot is working his magic at a Marlborough winery.

Rain frustrates wine industry

Winemaking magic

Grape harvests beat rain

Nelson wineries are relieved the region's grape harvest has largely finished ahead of prolonged rain.

First time sale

bendrose station Bendrose Station, a large pastoral property near Twizel is for sale for the first time in its 94-year history.

Warning on pollen test

A British food scientist says NZ may be taking a wrong step in the battle against fake manuka honey makers.

Killing the evil weevil

Sustainable farming gets $9.9m

Fruit fly restrictions lifted

There have been no further fruit fly discoveries in the Whangarei area.

Farmers urged to discuss suicide

Suicide Suicide is more prevalent in farming communities than the city, and people need to talk about it, Southland Federated Farmers president says.

Understanding feed crucial

An expert says farmers could achieve milk solids that are 100 per cent of liveweight.

Grazing contract talk vital

Zeroing in on weather information

Farmers urged to seek help

Mental illness among farmers is like grass staggers a top agricultural communicator claims.

Swing set becomes feeder

Wessel Eksteen and his feeder invention. If Wessel Eksteen's feeder invention looks vaguely familiar, just think about children-sized swings.

Farmers ready to spend

Buoyancy and confidence have brought more farmers to the Central Districts Field Days in Feilding.

Feeding the rural news appetite

Bargains for all

Robotic milking interest growing

New Zealand dairy farming is catching onto the worldwide trend of robotic milking.